Jarrell Oliver is one of the top running backs in the Midlands. Just take a look at the film for the…
In Coach's Words: RB Jarrell Oliver
Scout.com made a stop through Sugar Land (TX) to check in on the prospects from Dulles High School. In speaking with coach Jim Creech, he spoke about the number of top players he has returning in his junior class. One of those players is running back Jarrell Oliver. As a junior, Oliver rushed for 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns. To date, the 5-foot-8, 198-pound Oliver holds offers from Michigan, Utah, Tulsa and Oregon State. Creech said in his opening comments that what Oliver "does is so natural and distinctive, it is hard to put into words." Creech on Oliver's Greatest Asset-Vision: His vision is incredible. His peripheral vision is off the charts. He has this innate ability to make cuts. When Jacquizz Rodgers was coming through and I was watching tape on him, and I was thinking, ‘How did he make that move?' You know it's like, how can he make that cut and he cannot even see the guy? This is the kind of stuff that is in movies and it is scripted. But this is a football game and nothing is choreographed and scripted. You hand a guy the ball at the point of attack and this is what the play is supposed to look like. Does it always work out that way, of course not because this is not a movie and there are no do-overs. Jarrell has that ability to make people miss and does it so natural. Creech on Oliver's Other Attributes: "Another thing he does really well is when he gets into the secondary (understand he does not have world-class speed), but when he gets done making his cuts and steps, he gets into his long stride. And the really good backs are not short striders when they get into the secondary. They don't do that. When Jarrell gets into the open field is when the tire meets the road and he stretches it out." Creech on Why Oliver is the Prototype Back: To me, Jarrell is built like a perfect back. He is not very tall so he can hide behind lineman. He is extremely thick, got a thick chest and thick arms. He is built low to the ground and has tremendous lower-body strength. Creech on Oliver's Great Gene Pool: "Jarrell comes from a good lineage. Jarrett (father) was more of a power guy. He would run over you. OC (uncle) was combination of power, with good elusiveness, and he could run. Winslow (uncle), who spent a couple years in the league, was the guy who had the innate ability to catch and do punt returns, and could also run. Jarrell has a little bit of all those guys." "Jarrell can cut around you and make you miss, but if you are standing there, he'll just run over you. It's amazing when they (Oliver family) moved here and Jarrell was going to attend school here, I was like, finally I get one. Here's the guy. I have been playing against Olivers since 1983 and have been trying to figure out for nearly 30 years how to stop these guys. Now I get me an Oliver." "And he is special in his own way."
94 Fans online